Maiden V8 Supercars race win for McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin has taken his maiden V8 Supercars race victory in the opening Fujitsu Series race of the weekend at Queensland Raceway.

The 18-year-old took the lead from pole-sitter Andrew Thompson off the start, before controlling two Safety Car restarts to win by 2.11s.

Thompson took second, while Paul Morris, Cameron McConville and David Russell rounded out the top five.

Rodney Jane was sixth after passing an impressive Tony Bates on the final lap, while David Wall, Andrew Jones and Jack Perkins completed the top 10.

The race was marred by two separate opening lap incidents, the first of which was triggered by Geoff Emery spinning after finding himself in the middle of a three-wide squeeze at Turn 1.

The resulting spin saw the cars of Robert Cregan, Taz Douglas and Drew Russell also receive significant damage.

Contact between Perkins and Nick Percat then saw more chaos at Turn 3. Both drivers spun to the back of the field, while Marcus Zukanovic and Daniel Jilesen also became involved.

It was a disappointing day for Miles Racing team-mates Chaz Mostert and Ash Walsh. The Formula Ford graduates finished 14th and 15th respectively, with Mostert running off at Turn 3 on Lap 12, and Walsh being forced to recover from pitting to clear debris under the first Safety Car.

The Fujitsu Series returns to the track for Race 2 tomorrow at 9:25am.

See below for the full race result

1 Fujitsu Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon BF 15 25:47.6945
2 Triple Eight Race Engineering Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 15 25:49.8022
3 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE 15 25:51.7795
4 Eggleston Motorsport Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 15 25:52.3214
5 Team Jayco David Russell Ford Falcon BF 15 25:52.6588
6 Bob Jane T-Marts Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG 15 25:56.4457
7 / AFS Tony Bates Holden Commodore VE 15 25:56.6365
8 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE 15 25:57.4916
9 Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE 15 25:58.5236
10 Bob Jane T Marts/Supercheap Jack Perkins Ford Falcon BF 15 25:59.0426
11 Team Jayco Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon BF 15 26:00.6516
12 EarthEx/Drill pro Srvs James Brock Holden Commodore VE 15 26:01.1224
13 Flexi Staff Todd Fiore Ford Falcon BF 15 26:02.0600
14 Simpro Software/Master Elect. Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon BF 15 26:02.3167
15 Simpro Software/Master Elect. Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon BF 15 26:02.6220
16 CrimSafe Racing Grant Denyer Holden Commodore VE 15 26:05.9167
17 Warrin Mining Adam Wallis Holden Commodore VE 15 26:06.4803
18 Team Tom Supporters Club Tom Tweedie Ford Falcon BF 15 26:07.1366
19 NCSS Aaron McGill Ford Falcon BF 15 26:09.7816
20 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 15 26:10.2171
21 Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon BF 14 26:42.3823
DNF Midway Concrete&Garden Supply Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE
DNF R&J Batteries/EarthEx/KingGee Daniel Jilesen Holden Commodore VE
DNF AC Delco/Simworx/NDD Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE
DNF Coates Hire Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE
DNF Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon BF
DNF Mad Croc Energy Robert Cregan Ford Falcon BF

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